In March we added another new excavator in the form of a Volvo ECR88 Plus 8.4 tonne machine, supplied by SM Plant of Rugby.
The ECR88 Plus is a hugely impressive machine, built to be comfortable, powerful and safe.
Comfortable in tight spaces
With its short swing radius and offset digging ability the ECR88 Plus offers the ultimate in manoeuvrability and usability however tight the site is.
The cab is packed with features with the operator in mind. A wide, uncluttered floor gives plenty of leg room and an adjustable suspension seat has a high back for extra comfort. The joysticks and ergonomic armrests are mounted to the consoles and can be adjusted independently of the seat. These easy-grip high-response control levers provide precise movements and reduce operator fatigue.
The rubber mounted cab helps to reduce vibration and is fitted with large flat windows within narrow cab pillars for ultimate visibility and safety. The heating and air conditioning system helps to keep it comfortable at all times regardless of the weather.
The ECR88 Plus is fitted with the latest low emission, water-cooled, direct injection Volvo 4-cylinder diesel engine and load sensing hydraulic system that together result in impressive breakout and tear-out performance.
It features an auto-idling system for increased efficiency that lowers the engine speed to idle if the operator controls are not used for five seconds. The system returns the engine to the pre-selected speed once the controls are used again. This feature reduces fuel consumption, increases engine life expectancy and reduces noise.
The load-sensing hydraulic system is state of the art. The speed of the hydraulic movements depend only on the position of the power-assisted, multi function control levers – regardless of load and number of simultaneous cylinder movements – to instantly supply only the necessary power.
The safety of the operator and those around him has been an important aspect of the design process during the development of the ECR88 Plus. As mentioned above the cab is fitted with large flat windows within narrow cab pillars for ultimate visibility and safety and the glass is laminated so that should it break it stays in one piece. ROPS, FOPS and TOPS safety protection also come fitted as standard and all machine controls are locked out when the console is raised to prevent accidents when the operator is getting into or out of the cab.
The ECR88 Plus provides large excavator technology and performance in a more compact package. At just 2300mm wide and 2680mm high but with a maximum digging depth of 4870mm the ECR88 Plus reaches the jobs heavier diggers cannot.